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. >>> tear gas in cairo near the u.s. embassy as the fight for democracy goes on. >> face to face. susan rice and john mccain, the man who wanted watergate style hearings, meet. and only cnn catches up with mccain before the big meeting. >> what do you have to learn today from miss rice? >> whatever ambassador rice wants to tell me. she's the one who asked for the meeting. i didn't. >> wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall? >>> spyfall, real-life bond movie. yasser arafat's body was exhumed. was the palestinian leader po h poisoned by israeli spies? >>> plus this. >> you said walden is in trouble. >> i'm the trouble walden has been in, repeatedly. >> he calls it filth, the half in "two and a half men" begs you not to watch his show. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning to you. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. we begin with a high stakes meeting just minutes from now. this hour, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations will muster all of her diplomatic skills and tiptoe through a political mine field. susan rice meets with republican senator john mccain. as you
of news out of the nation's capital today. more senators dumping on susan rice yesterday. president obama with a big kind of pep rally at the white house to push those tax cuts for the middle class and republicans on capitol hill saying no, no, no, we hate the middle class. come on. let's give tax cuts to the rich! the millionaires and the billionaires, to the koch brothers and donald trump. we'll bring you up to date and give you a chance to sound off on the issues which i know you can't wait to do. you can do it by giving us a call at 1-866-55-press. you can join the conversation on twitter at bpshow on facebook, facebook.com/billpressshow. and if you really want to get into it with your fellow "full court pressers," go into the chat room. try it out. it is a lot of fun. go to current.com and click on the chat room and you are in! here we are. lucky day. thursday november 29 for somebody. >> it wasn't that lucky. you're still here. peter ogborn and dan henning good morning guys. leading team press w
according to john mccain, u.n. ambassador susan rice, who's a likely candidate for secretary of state, she once said something wrong on the sunday shows. in the days after the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, back in september, susan rice went on the sunday shows and gave the administration's intelligence agency-approved talking points, explaining what the administration thought at that time had happened in benghazi. and that, in john mccain's view, is unforgivable. >> maybe she could start out by publicly coming back on this show and saying, i was wrong. i gave the wrong information on your show some several weeks ago. that might be a beginning. >> but until then, john mccain will block her potential nomination. and anybody's nomination. no secretary of state for the united states of america until john mccain is satisfied. susan rice, for the record, did not give wrong information on the sunday shows. she described accurately what the intelligence agencies were advising her to say at that time. none of which turned out to be particularly wrong. a spokesman for the director of nat
to cover. including a statement by the president who is stepping up to defend u.n. ambassador susan rice from new attacks by republicans. later, a brawl in boston. the nets and celtics battle it out in the front row on top of fans. but first, the story that everyone will be talking about this morning at work, at least two people are a lot richer and probably not heading into the office today. sadly, i didn't even have one stinking number. lottery officials say winning tickets for the record $580 million powerball jackpot were sold in arizona and missouri. 160 million tickets were sold yesterday alone. at an astounding rate of 130,000 tickets a minute. the winner takes the cash option, they'll split a cool $380 million. that's $190 million apiece. it's the second largest payout in lotto history. you can be sure that uncle sam is smiling about his cut of the action. the federal tax rate is currently 25%. so it will be $380 million the government gets $95 million off the top. and the winning states not too shabby either. arizona takes 5% at 9$9.5 millin and missouri stakes $7.6 millio. in t
that that nomination for secretary of state is instead almost certain to go to united nations ambassador susan rice. republicans tried to make into a scandal susan rice's comments after the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. her comments that the attack was thought to be linked to islamist protests rather than an organized terrorist attack. but the administration and the intelligence committee have stepped up to defend her remarks that sunday. and if she is tapped by president obama to replace secretary clinton as secretary of state that would imply that the president is willing to keep backing susan rice up all the way. the current defense secretary is leon panetta. he used to run the cia where he was succeeded by general petraeus. now that seat is also available. the same administration sources talking to "the post" also tell ing that the job is his. the job has made his desire to leave public service, but if he does reconsider, apparently the cia chief job should be his. if mr. brennan decides he does not want the job, the current acting director michael morell looks likely to keep the job.
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susan rice faces key republican critics concerned about her comments after the benghazi attack. >> the big question now -- what does all of this mean for her chances of possibly becoming the next secretary of state? it's wednesday, november 28th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good wednesday morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. we'll get to the susan rice situation and, of course, the high-stakes meeting in just a moment. >>> but also this half hour, giving back. new orleans firefighters head to new york to help with sandy recovery, repaying the kindness shown by new york's bravest following katrina. those tragedies kind of bonding those cities. nice to see that for sure. use all the help they can get. >> paying it forward coming full circle. >>> a half billion dollars worth of dreams, powerball players are lining up and dreaming of living large. what you told us that you would really do with $500 million. i have to say we appreciate the honesty. >> that's for sure. >>> also, the last dance. "dancing with the stars" crowns an al
. elise, thank you. 12 minutes past the hour. checking other stories. susan rice, still struggling to find support from the other side of the aisle here. she made a second visit to capitol hill claiming her comments in the after math of the benghazi consulate attack were based on intelligence reports. she said there was no intent to mislead anyone. susan collins isn't sold on that. >> i continue to be troubled by the fact that the u.n. ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of the contentious presidential election. >> rice is considered a leading candidate to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. >> texas is moving to seize a ranch owned by flds, a mormon sect that believes in polygamy. warren jeffs, its leader, is serving a life sentence in texas for sexually assaulting two under aged girls. state officials say dozens of children were molested on the property. >>> while you were sleeping lindsay lohan arrested again. she's in custody now with the new york police department. they took her after some kind of oh fight around 4:00 this morning
. she is the u.n. ambassador, susan rice, and she may be the next secretary of state if her opponents can't stop her. abc's senior political correspondent jonathan karl has the drama today. jon? >> reporter: diane, the white house and senate republicans appear to be on a collision course with some prominent republicans dead set against the president's leading candidate for secretary of state. talk about a test of diplomatic skills, susan rice on capitol hill meeting with republicans determined to stop her from becoming secretary of state. rice herself asked for the meetings, but the effort to smooth things over didn't exactly work. the senators demanded answers on why she tied the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, to an anti-muslim video. they didn't like what they heard. >> the concerns i have are greater today than they were before, and we're not even close to getting the basic answers. >> it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. >> reporter: the president hasn't yet decided who he'll nominate to replace hillary clinton as secr
requests were turned down. i asked susan rice and she was not expecting a question on that and she would have to refresh her memor yeshe then said she was not involved in turnin any requests for additional security. well those answers in and of themselves are contradictory. >> gretchen: senator susan collins is important in this equation . she's an independent sometimes when it comes to these issues and she also is very well versed in foreign affairs. and so for her to have had thiss meeting with ambassador susan rice and still have more questions that were not answered for her is very important in how the republican party will view this possible nomination of susan rice as secretary of state >> chris: you have to remember even the left is turning on her. mother jones magazine reported that she had a conflict of special and owned a bunch much stock in trans can dampt >> brian: i didn't know mother jones was still in business. a meeting with fema turns in a brawl. we are live there with more from last night's meeting then. >> steve: brian keep going. >> brian: i was over in wounded warrio
uses personal faux outrage to blunt criticism when ed henry asks the question about susan rice. it was more -- not an attack on her. it was an attack on him. he felt as though how dare you -- how dare you do this. it seemed a bit condescending. >> it was exactly the opposite. >> exactly. it had nothing to do with him. obama was asking the very plain question. why are they going after susan rice? why are they going after the u.n. ambassador? this benghazi controversy this watergate-style scandal, you know, revolves around what did someone say on tv six weeks ago? and the other thing the other argument that drove me crazy in the right wing media that was pushed on fox and other places was that obama was defending susan rice because he felt like people were picking on women. that's not a very modern view on equality. of course, nothing he said in that press conference ever had anything -- anything to do with -- >> the buck stops here. >> he said it more than once. >> stephanie: you know what is sexist is having
their attacks on susan rice over handling of an attack in libya. host: our last caller brought up concerns over the way republicans are reaching out or not reaching out to women. is this a potential land mine, a tough issue for republicans to work through? she is an african american and a woman. guest: the contrast is older white men like john mccain that are attacking her. i think barack obama will probably nominate her to set a trap. i think republicans are right on the substance. she said things that even i know are not true. she is privy to more information than me. she said it was about the video and the attacks were spontaneous. clearly, she had to know she was misleading. she either misled the american people or she is incredibly naive. i think republicans are right substantively. i think it is politically toxic for republicans to oppose her. host: louanne on our republicans line. caller: i hear the same rhetoric about the republicans. they are upset about the illegals. what difference does it make where they come from? i have a neighbor that is german. she is upset that she had to come
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was really to blame, senator john mccain says he still might consider supporting susan rice for secretary of state if she's nominated. will other republicans follow suit? south carolina representative jeff duncan wrote a letter to the president opposing rice's potential nomination and joins us live from spartanburg right now. congressman, does senator mccain's stance change your stance, the fact that he will listen when it comes to her telling her side of the story? >> no. i think susan rice is tainted. she rolled out on five sunday talk shows with a message of the administration that this was a response to a violent -- violent response to a video and nothing was further from the truth. we know it was an act of terror. >> brian: we also know some other congressmen, many supported you in saying she should not be nominated. >> they are. we have about 100 signatures on the letter we sent to president obama saying there are other choices out there and susan rice is probably not the best choice. >> brian: i also saw that peter king was asked the same question on "meet the press." he says just
undermines hope for a peace deal. >>> susan rice's potential bid to be secretary of state comes more in jeopardy. it leaves more questions than answers. the opposition stems largely from this remark they made since the september 11th attack in benghazi. hillary clinton and the president still support her. >> susan rice has done a great job as our ambassador to the united nations. of course this decision about my successor is up to the president. >> and the president recently called her work extraordinary. >> it is beginning to look a lot like christmas here in new york city. >> 3, 2, 1. >> the iconic rockefeller center christmas tree is all lit up. it is a norway spruce from mount olive, new jersey, that made it through super storm sandy, by the way. it is illuminated with more than 30,000 lights and topped a crystal star. >> think of all of the scaffolding to decorate it. that is amazing. >> that is your 5@5:00. >> two former foes are coming together today. romney and obama are sitting down for their first post election meeting. we have more on the meeting. what's the topic today? >
.s. ambassador susan rice said. she spoke a little bit about this when explaining why the u.s. voted against this measure. >> the united states agrees, strongly, today's grand pronouncement will soon fade and the palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed. >> so everyone's looking to see what president abbas does now. he says we'll go straight to negotiations. but what the u.s. is worried about is that the palestinians now have more tools to challenge israel on the international stage they could go to the criminal court over the occupation, including settlement activities and this is going to further marginalize israel. israel's threatened to withhold tax revenue and impose further restrictions on palestinian officials. and congress is threatening to withhold, as well. fear this could be more violence, and putting a lot of pressure on the parties to get back to the table and hammer out a deal. it doesn't look good right now. >> elise labott in washington. thanks for being with us this morning. other news, surveillance video may answer the $224
.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice in the aftermath. former cia director david petraeus has been here on capitol hill time and time again. but today before the senate and house intelligence committee is shrouded in secrecy. he may have a blow by blow attack on what happened in benghazi, libya, that led to the death of four americans, including the u.s. ambassador. >> director petraeus went to the people, as i understood it, that were involved. so the opportunity to get his views, i think are very -- is very important. >> reporter: this comes after a day of hearings yesterday into the benghazi attack. most closed to the public, but one was open. and much of the focus is on u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice, who back in september appeared on five sunday morning talk shows with the same talking points, the attacks she said appear to be the work of protestors, not terrorists as it now appears. the implication at the height of campaign season, the president did not want to be responsible for a terrorist attack. >> the arrogance and dishonesty
, hillary clinton intends to lobby. u.n. ambassador susan rice is said to be a top question but there are questions whether the public role in the wake of the deadly benghazi attacks would impact her chance and senator john kerry who chairs the senate committee on foreign relations is considered a contender and although that would leave an open senate seat for the democrats, that may not be a dealbreaker. >> in their favor this election, they had elbow room by the number of seats they won and many thought they wouldn't win, have that two-vote majority so maybe the president is willing to take a chance. >>guest: last time it was left open by the death of senator kennedy it went to a republican who was defied on tuesday. over two term presidencies over world war ii it is rare if any cabinet secretary to stick around for all eight years. >>shepard: it has been. urgent economic matters out there. what kind of effect does that have on the shuffle? >>guest: there is a feeling in washington that geithner would prefer to leave sooner rather than later but with shes of expiring tax c
between u.n. ambassador susan rice and lawmakers over the deadly consulate attack in benghazi that killed chris stevens. >>> record breaking cyber monday. new stats find more of us are logging on to holiday deals. >> first the tech bites. >> don't look for the nintendo wii-u at stories for a while it sold out in its first week more than 400,000 units nintendo is shipping more but can make them fast enough. watchdog groups urging facebook to stop proposed policy changes they say it will be easier for advertisers to get users' personal data and worry users can no longer vote on changes. facebook and other social media sites used to promote charitable donations and volunteers organizers say a day forgiving thanks this is a day forgiving back. samsung wants you to know there's a stress test that includes a before cold & flu season, help prevent with lysol disinfectant spray. and use the lysol no touch hand soap for 10 times more protection with each wash. this season, a good offense is the best defense. lysol. mission for health. prove it. enough is enough. d-con no view, no touch trap snaps
. >>> and a former attorney general says he has got a list of reasons why susan rice is not qualified to be secretary of state, and most of them have nothing to do with benghazi. michael mukasey tells us what they are when he joins us live in just a bit. >>> and a debate over a plan that could save taxpayers billions. there is a new push to get rid of the dollar bill, just ahead. ♪ [ whistle blows ] hi victor! mom? i know you got to go in a minute but this is a real quick me, that's perfect for two! campbell's chunky beef with country vegetables, poured over rice! [ male announcer ] campbell's chunky soup. it fills you up right. is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficient absorption in one daily dose. citracal slow release. [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. medicare open enrollment. time to compare plans and costs. you don't have to make changes. but it never hurts to see if you can find better coverage, save money, or both. and check out the preventive benefits you get after the health care law. ♪ o
towards forming two independent states of palestine and israel moving forward. u.n. ambassador susan rice called the vote a setback. the u.s. had threatened funding in the west bank in the hopes of preventing it. now rice says that the only way to truly form an independent palestinian state is through direct negotiations with israel. she says that is something the u.s. is committed to making happen. despite those comments, palestinians took to the streets yesterday in a step towards independence. now do both sides come to the table and start talking about peace. both israel and palestine has said that is something they want. reporting live in washington, back to you. >> all right, danielle. thanks so much. >>> well, secretary of state hillary clinton is weighing in on two major mid east situations, both with great u.s. interest involved. amid reports the obama administration is preparing to recognize syria's opposition counsel as the legitimate representative of the people, clinton notes rebels are now able to hold their ground and take the fight to government forces. >> we have been deep
preferred, secretary of state, would likely go to u.n. ambassador susan rice. >>> house minority leader nancy pelosi says she won't answer questions whether she will stay in that role until she has had a chance to talk to her caulk cuss tomorrow. >>> allen west could file a motion today challenging last week's election results. patrick murphy leads by 2,000 votes and is claiming victory. >>> why can't we be friends? that is what mitt romney might be asking after his facebook page was being unliked at the rate of nearly 850 users per hour. >>> conservative anti-tax crusader grover norquist had a rather unique way of describing romney and the obama victory. >> the president was elected on the basis he was not romney and romney was a poopy head. >>> here is some good news, the romney campaign website is a virtual shopping mall of campaign swag for sale to remember that happy preelectioneer preelectio preelection era. >>> and the white house has receiv received petitions from about 20 states that say they would like to succeed from the union. >>> stocks started the week on the flat side but
of the comments from ambassador susan rice at the united nations. listen. >> progress towards a just and lasting two-state solution cannot be made by pressing a green voting button here in this hall. nor does passing any resolution create a state where none indeed exists or change the reality on the ground. for this reason, today's vote should not be misconstrued by any as constituting eligibility for u.n. membership. >> is this the person you want as united states secretary of state? >> that's not definitely for me to say. it's the choice of the president of the united states subject to senate. those are the rules and procedures. >> what about john kerry? you met with john kerry. >> i also met with susan rice. i've known john kerry for many years. >> what were those meetings like? >> good. thorough, deep. yeah. someone who has been ob this issue for a long period of time. he visited the region quite often. >> you think kerry would make a good secretary of state? >> he's been -- whatever it is he did. and i have reason to believe that he would definitely perform exceptionally well in that positi
this problem. >> i want to ask you about susan rice or john kerry for secretary of state. do you have a preference? do you think one would be an easier confirmation than the other? >> i think they both have incredible depth of knowledge and capability in that position and i'm waiting to hear what the president has to say to us. >> you don't believe there is a confirmation issue with susan ri rice? >> i think susan rice has done an incredible job for our country. she has a right if she is nominated to come before the senate and make her case, and i hope that no one draws lines in the sand until she has that opportunity if she's nominated. >> all right. senator patty murray, who is chairwoman of the dnc. i understand you don't want to do that job again. >> i have other responsibilities, yes. >> we will wait to see who comes next. senator murray, thanks for coming on this morning. >> thank you. >>> and we have some breaking news that we let you know of during the bottom banner, but house minority leader nancy pelosi is once again going to run for leader. again the official announcement i
presumably faces even more political road blocks. the moderate lawmaker speaking now out against susan rice. and exactly why. interesting -- sunny brought up some -- another incident where embassy was attacked several years ago, and saying look there is a track record here perhaps of your involvement in the state department not protecting the embassies the way you should. made an interesting point yesterday. >> they're also floating another name. they said the senate would in no way block that name. >> getting interesting. >>> later the old trend making a comeback in lady's undergarments. who is driving women to tighten up wearing corsets for a shapelier figure. >> you have a corset on? >> can you tell? no. hello. >> are you comfortable? >> extremely comfortable. >> for halloween or whatever. i didn't know privately. i didn't know. >> just when i dance around to, you know, some madonna songs. vogue. >> well, we begin with the waterlogged west coast. second dose of wet and wild weather bearing down from san francisco to seattle. >> part of a parade of storms taking aim at the area like a gia
. >> yeah. thank you very much. >> he was smart. he bought his own ticket. >>> susan rice is still struggling to find support among her many republican critics. the u.s. ambassador making a second visit to capitol hill yesterday, insisting her comments in the aftermath of the bengahzi consulate attacks were based on intelligence reports. and they were not intended to mislead the american people. but susan collins saying that is a tough sell. >> i continue to be troubled by the fact that the u.n. ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of a contentious presidential election. >> rice is considered a leading candidate to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. senator collins said she would need additional information before she could support her nomination. >>> egypt rushing a vote on a final draft of a constitution as protests continue against the president, mohammed morsy. he has faced bitter criticism. >>> the state of texas has filed papers to seize a large ranch owned by the flds, a fundamentalist radical mormon sex that believes in
? some say john kerry, some have speculated about susan rice, the embattled u.n. ambassador, stepping into hillary clinton's role. >> that sounds kind of farfetched, but who knows? anything's possible. certainly, the problem susan rice would have is because of what she said about the successful raid about islamist militants on the u.s. diplomatic outpost if benghazi being the fault of a youtube video, that was very bad for her. she would compound a problem that the departure of hillary clinton would help alleviate. state department's been really under close scrutiny because of the response to this. the lack of preparation for it, for the attack and the response thereafter, that's something they would like to get away from. putting susan rice in there would intensify it. megyn: last but not least, quickly, if geithner goes, i mean, that's an important job he has. and who is likely to fill that role, and how would it change americans', you know, day-to-day lives? >> well, what the president has in tim geithner's departure is an -- or assumed departure is an opportunity to send a message
the agency threw a lifeline, if you will, to embattled obama u.n. ambassador susan rice, corroborating ambassador rice's account of what she knew and when she knew it, even though we know now that what she was told and what she repeated was wrong about benghazi. libya remains highly political, partisan and even personal. libya's become a battle between president obama and republican senator ginnie mae who insisted again today the administration knew quickly that al qaeda had attacked. >> and for the president of the united states for two weeks afterwards to deny that that was the case is either a cover-up or it is incompetence. >> reporter: obama u.n. ambassador susan rice denied it, infuriating republicans. mike morrell on the hill today briefed some lawmakers on libya. one, a democrat said the account backed rice, that u.s. intelligence did give her the incorrect account that she passed on. >> this was a spontaneous protest that evolved into something militant, that was the best information they said they had at the time. >> reporter: there had been earlier attacks in benghazi, a war
138-9 to recognize palestine. despite strong opposition from the united states. susan rice said the resolution places further obticles in the path to -- obstacs in the path to peace -- obstacles in the path to peace. >> a new park with a new statues and the person building the park is also famous. i wish this test drive was over, so we could head back to the dealership. [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. test drive! but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a jetta. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. >>> the owner of a used car lot never seen anything like the accident this morning at her lot. the driver of this truck was driving on east 14th street after 4:30 a.m. this morning when he said he had a sneezing fit behind the feel. he lost control of the truck, slammed into a parked car and barreled through a fence and into the used car lot. the truck damaged a dozen vehicles. >> he claim
to nonmember nonvoting observer status only. meanwhile, u.s. ambassador, susan rice, she denounced the resolution. saying, quote, it's counterproductive to the goal of mideast peace. >> and the palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed, save that the prospects of a durable peace have only receded. >> rice added that the u.s. will continue to stand up against every effort that seeks to undermine israel's security. >>> the supreme court justices will meet today to consider taking up the issue of same-sex marriage. seven cases are before them, ranging from california's prop 8 ban, to the right of married same-sex couples to get federal marriage benefits, to the broad issue of whether the constitution protects gay people's right to marry. a decision could be announced this afternoon. >>> in other news this morning, there are reports of a settlement in a sex scandal that made international headlines. no details just yet on the agreement between former international monetary fund chief, dominick strauss-kahn, and the new york city hotel m
on the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi and said that if you nominate susan rice to be secretary of state they will do everything in their power to block her nomination as the sender granted, he simply doesn't trust ambassador rice at what she said about benghazi. i would like your reaction to that. and with those threats deter you from making a nomination like that? >> for salon not going to comment at this point on various nominations that i will put forward to fill up my cabinet for the second term but those are things that are still being discussed. but let me say specifically about susan rice. she has done exemplary work. she has represented the united states and our interests in the united nations with scale and professionalism and toughness and grace. -- with scale. as i said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to for. if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with th
to the dictionary to make up some .ew words. >> let me turn to susan rice. th this is what the president said yesterday. >> susan rice is extraordinary. donedn't be prouder of the job she has done. >> ,> so what does that mean? the president is going to insist his nomination go forward if she akehis choice or he simply wants upmake sure nobody is beating ?p on his u.n. ambassador? >> this is the problem. bain, we should probably go back to the dictionary. she's not a nominee. dictiona she's a nominee kind of in waiting. this is the problem the president can't defend her as a nominee for a job he hasn't hasn't nominated her for. this is kind of a loose shirttail out there. she's going around the hill, talking to senators. meetings aren't going well. in n part because senators, if nothing else, are reserving their leverage for if she actually does become the t onnee, they'll have a process, hearings. they don't want to prejudge that process. pr pro process hasn't begun. so the president has to say these limited things. when he says only a limited thing about her success at the u.n., he is not d
's this question about whether susan rice might be elevated to secretary of state. the republicans, of course, tried to turn it into a national scandal that she commented after the benghazi attack and said that at that point best intelligence indicated it might have something to do with that protest about the film. the intelligence community later changed its mind saying they don't think it's related. the republicans have tried to hang her out to dry on that subject. do you think that's over, or if she gets the secretary of state nomination, it's a real hurdle for her? >> i don't think it's a real hurdle if she gets it. frankly, i don't think republicans want to go up against a very distinguished african-american woman in public life with no grounds whatsoever. getting back to kerry, kerry, who actually did serve, could be and has been in the past a great voice for what you're talking about for taking care of our military, taking care of our veterans, dealing with these issues in whatever big post he ends up in, he certainly did it as a senator, that would be a big plus. >> connecting with th
. >> let me say specifically about susan rice, she has done exemplary work. she has represented the united states and our interest in the united nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. as i have said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. and i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and besmirch her reputation is outrageous. host: president obama at a press conference. yesterday the ambassador he was talking about is susan rice, ambassador to the u.n. here's an image of her in the "washington times." and a quote from her. the best information and best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. those are words she said just after the attack in beng
that it was al qaeda. it's not really clear why that was taken out of the talking points given to susan rice. it might have been because they didn't want to tip them off that they knew it was going on. >> i get it. and the information is evolving. certainly the white house should have to be held accountable and answer questions if there is some difference in their messaging. that's certainly true. but, andrew, what administration wants people to die on their watch? no administration wants that. and it certainly appears that many people -- this is an ideological thing to many people. people are contorting themselves to try to make sense of some conspiracy theory and then when you look at it logically, you're like, really? are you kidding me? >> i think regarding benghazi, this happened several weeks before the election. and i think it's just been -- it's really been churned within the media and the political machine. we've lost a little bit of sense of proportion about it, i think, to some degree. >> and it's people who, quite honestly, don't like the president and don't like the white house
at protestors. >>> susan rice will hold meetings with key lawmakers. some republicans have criticized theambassador to the u.n. for comments she made about the attack on benghazi. she said the attack stemmed from a protest against a video. >> i will be glad to meet with her and listen to the to her positions and justification for her comments. but i'm unhappy with her performance. >> rice is a potential nominee to replace outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton. >>> more republicans say the looming "fiscal cliff" is forcing them to reconsider their no tax increase pledges. several members of congress now say they are open to raising revenue by limiting deductions for the wealthy. but not by raising their taxes. >> without compromising our principals, we recognize that none of us runs this town. >> today democratic senator dick durbin plans to lay out a proposal for a bipartisan group, the gang of 8, who have been working for a plan to reduce the national debt. if lawmakers don't pass a plan by december 31, tax hikes and budget cuts will kick in. >>> running the risk of autism. the
as quote, counterproductive to peace efforts. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, warned that little will change in the palestinian territories after this vote. palestinians in gaza and the west bank flooded into the streets late into the night. they are shooting fireworks, waving flags, honking car horns in celebration. let's go live to cnn's fred pleitgen in ramallah with the latest. very big day for the palestinians. what are you seeing now? >> reporter: hi, wolf. well, the celebrations certainly have quieted down somewhat but it was really just in the past ten minutes that they did quiet down. before that, what happened was that these massive celebrations that you saw here on arafat square with people shooting fireworks, ak-47s and pistols into the air, then went into the side streets where people drove around in their cars, honking horns and certainly were very happy with the way that vote in the united nations general assembly went. to them, they say they believe it's actually very significant to the palestinians. they say they believe it could be a first step to fu
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